Ronald Kikonyogo (right) with the match referee prior to the game Credit: Courtesy
[/media-credit] Ronald Kikonyogo (right) with the match referee prior to the game Credit: Courtesy

The Uganda Premier League secretariat has thrown out the petition lodged by Bright Stars against Maroons questioning the eligibility of creative midfielder Ronald Kikonyogo.

Following the petition, the UPL Secretariat forwarded the matter to the FUFA Competitions Disciplinary Panel for  the final decision which reacted accordingly.

According to a communique released by the UPL Chief Executive Officer Bernard Bainamani Bampaire on Monday, the player in question was indeed licensed under No.MA ID 001821M99.

After losing their home game 1-0 to Maroons, Bright Stars Football Club lodged a complaint to the Uganda Premier League through their Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mathias Mugwanya alleging that Kikonyogo was not licenced.

In response, Bainamani responds;

“Maroons Football Club did not field an Ineligible player during their match with Bright
Stars FC as alleged by Bright Stars FC,” he points out.

It was confirmed from FUFA Competitions Department that the Maroons FC player Ronald Kikonyogo is dully registered by FUFA under license No.MA ID 001821M99.

The Match Officials violated the FUFA Competitions Rules 2017/18 article 26.1 and 26.2 by not advising both parties appropriately.

The result of the match is maintained as per referee’s report (Bright Stars FC 0-1 Maroons FC).

All the Match Officials that handled the match AUPL match #42, Bright Stars FC Vs Maroons FC on 10th October 2017 at Champions Stadium Mwererwe are referred to FUFA Referees Standing Committee (FRSC) for reprimand for failure to advise both parties on rule Article 26.1 and 26.2 of FUFA Competitions rules 2017/18.

Felix Okot scored a stunning goal from over 35 yards as Maroons earned their first victory of the campaign.

There is also a chance to appeal in case the decision is not appreciated by the aggrieved party.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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